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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Boston area: FSF activists meeting on Sunday M

From: Quiliro Ordonez
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Boston area: FSF activists meeting on Sunday March 31 at Democracy Brewing
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:13:52 -0700

El 2019-03-25 19:39, Betsy Garrett escribió:
> Following on the heels of an inspiring weekend at LibrePlanet, I am
> organizing a meeting of those interested in Free Software activist type
> outreach this Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 12:30 pm at Democracy Brewing, 35
> Temple Place, Boston MA 02111. The goal of this meeting is to start
> creating a community of like-minded folks interested in discussing how to
> bring Free Software and an awareness of the principles of the Free Software
> movement into our communities. We can discuss projects we might take on as
> a group as well as how to support each other in our own individual FSF
> activist work.
> My idea for this group started germinating after Richard Stallman’s talk at
> the end of the day on Saturday. When he pointed out the many ways that
> people are being forced to give up basic freedoms and privacy, such as when
> school children are made to create gmail accounts and do schoolwork on
> Chromebooks, I started thinking about how I could bring this topic before
> my town’s school committee and realized that I would probably be ignored or
> written off. How do I tell people that being given something for free
> (gratis) isn’t necessarily the best thing? How do I help people understand
> the insidious way that data mining and loss of control over our software
> choices is harming our society and--in my opinion--exacerbating the
> divisions that we like to complain about but don’t know how to fix?
> I hope that you will join us! Please send me an email off-list if you plan
> to come or are interested this but can’t make it on Sunday. If you have any
> other questions, please let me know. Thanks!
> ~ Betsy Garrett

Congratulations Betsy for taking on this big task.

My most important suggestion is that you investigate how the issues and
topics which are important for most of the community members could be
affected in the short, medium or long run by policies that endanger
their freedoms. Freedom might not be an important issue for some people.
But freedom of expression or freedom of reunion or freedom of mobility
or religious freedom might be. All these could be affected by choosing
to ignore digital freedom. Describing how the loss of digital freedom
afects other freedoms could convince many.

I am too far to travel. So I will not attend your invitation. But I
think that you can meet with others via chat (#libreplanet on freenode)
or mumble in order to have more assistance.

Good luck and happy hacking your community!
from Carapungo, Quito, Ecuador, South America, America, Earth, Solar
System, Milkyway Galaxy, Universe

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